The Times is reporting that Mike Ashley will meet with Moat today at the Doncaster game, but the discussions are not expected to last very long.
Ashley and Moat – all over for Barry?
Ashley has said that Newcastle’s home match against Doncaster Rovers is the last day for Moat’s long and drawn out attempts to buy the club.
And while previous deadlines have been allowed to slip by, today looks like the end of the road for Moat’s attempt to buy the Tyneside club.
Ashley told The Times today.
“No doubt I’ll see him at the game tomorrow and we can discuss it.”
And with Chris Hughton this week receiving an offer to become Newcastle’s permanent manager, you have to believe that Ashley is not holding his breath on the Barry Moat offer to buy the club.
In fact it’s become a bit of a joke since Moat is trying to buy the club on a shoestring, and that’s not what the Newcastle fans want to see from a future owner, whether he’s a Geordie or not.
Ashley wants an an up-front reduced fee of £80M for Newcastle – a reduction from the previous £100M price-tag – and it’s hard to criticize Mike for insisting on that, however much we want this man to leave Newcastle.
We all know of Moat’s intention to appoint Alan Shearer as manager, but it seems that even Alan has tired of this possibility, and is now looking to manage some club outside his home town.
Ashley has not appointed any full time manager while the club may be sold, but the very fact that he has now offered the job to Chris suggests the Moat deal is in the toilet.
Kevin Nolan has talked about how popular Chris is with the players:
“With Chris I just think we will start calling him gaffer and have a bit of a laugh with him,”
“He’s got our trust because him and Colin Calderwood have been absolutely brilliant with us. I’m going to call them the gruesome twosome.”
“They have got it sussed and hopefully we can now start producing results. That’s the main thing that in my eyes Chris will be worrying about. His first aim will be to get three points on Saturday.”
“I was really impressed with Chris and Colin from the word go in pre-season training. They put together an excellent training program and although it was a pre-season training camp and we put lots of work in it was really relaxing as well.”
“It was nice to go into training every day and everyone wanted to work for themselves and for each other and they have made that. They have built that bond between us and with the staff and everything else.”
“They created that us-against-the-world mentality and it is still like that. We still have that attitude – it is still us against the world.”
“You’ve got to take that attitude especially when you are in this league because it is a battle every week or, I should say, every three or four days.”
Well at least the players will be pleased with the appointment of Chris Hughton – unless of course Barry Moat shocks everybody – probably including himself – and actually come up with the money.